Course Calendar

Weekly Objectives Monday Wednesday Friday
Week 1:3.30, 4.1, 4.3Getting a Lay of the Land Have read: Walter Benjamin, Unpacking My LibraryHayden White, The Fictions of Factual Representation from Tropics of Discourse(this pdf contains several chapters. For today, just focus on Chp 5)
Week 2:What constitutes a collection, and why do we collect? 4.6, 4.8, 4.10  Have read: Susan Stewart,  On Longing (read entire .pdf)  Inventing the Louvre – McClellan Introduction Inventing the Louvre – McClellan Chap 3 
Week 3:What is the role and purpose of a museum? A look at Lenoir vs. the Louvre in Kalamazoo  Kalamazoo Valley MuseumMeet in lobby of KVM at 10:15am.Inventing the Louvre – McClellan Chap 5  Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsMeet in lobby of KIA at 10:15am  
4.13, 4.15, 4.17    
Week 4:The White Cube and its Problems 4.20, 4.22, 4.24 O’Doherty, The White Cube
Final Projects:  Teams assigned and prompt distributed in class.
Claire Bishop, The Social Turn Detroit Institute of ArtsDepart from campus at 8am, return by 5pm.
Week 5: Museums as Ritual, Museums as Nation 4.27, 4.29, 5.1 Carol Duncan, MuseumasRitual Exhibiting Cultures, Introduction and Svetlana Alpers, The Museum as a Way of Seeing
Week 6: Museums, Memory, and Identity5.4, 5.6, 5.8 Andreas Huyssen, Twilight Memories

KVM, KIA, DIA, UMMA reflections due on reading log by midnight tonight.

Reading TBA.

Class meets at KIA on Thursday this week, 5pm.

 Art Institute of Chicago

Depart at 9am, Return by 7pm.

Week 7: The Changing Nature of the Art Museum 5.11, 5.13, 5.15 Nina Simon, The Participatory Museum, Preface and Parts I & II.  No Class Meeting Today
Week 8: Where are we now? 5.18, 5.20, 5.22 Placeholder for DoGL Cultural Repatriation:  Case Studies
Week 9: 5.25, 5.27, 5.29 Memorial Day   Cultural Repatriation:  Case Studies Participatory Museum Assignment due Friday by midnight.  Email to:  chahn[at] and michelles[at]  Class meets at KIA at 5pm on 5.28.
Week 10: 6.1, 6.3, 6.5 1.  ACSJL

2.  Film Society

3.  Book Arts


1.  Kalamazoo Public Library

2.  Glass Arts

 Nonprofit Organization Analysis (via email) and AIC/MoCA museum analyses (on reading log) due Monday of finals week by midnight.